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Hell on Wheels: Season Two for AMC Series

Hell on Wheels season twoAMC has renewed their freshman drama Hell on Wheels for a second season. The series, which revolves around the creation of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad, brought the cable channel’s second-highest series premiere (behind The Walking Dead) on November 6th. The debut drew an impressive 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.36 million total viewers.

The ratings declined a bit but remained quite impressive for several weeks. Once Walking Dead finished for the year however, the ratings took a big tumble. The most recent episode drew a 0.6 rating in the demo and 2.27 million.

Here’s the press release about the renewal:


Series is Second Highest Rated Drama Series on AMC

New York, NY – December 27, 2011 -AMC has announced the renewal of “Hell on Wheels” for a second season. The original series reigns as the second highest rated series on AMC, averaging 3.2 million viewers and 1.5 million Adults 25-54.* Season one’s finale is Sunday, January 15th at 10pm EST. “Hell on Wheels” is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster/Uncommon Valor/Salton Sea/Bulletproof), who also serve as executive producers. John Shiban (“The X-Files,” “Breaking Bad”), Jeremy Gold, Endemol’s SVP of scripted programming and David Von Ancken, who also directed the pilot, serve as executive producers. The series is executive produced by Endemol USA with Entertainment One (eOne) serving as the studio. eOne’s Television CEO John Morayniss and SVP creative affairs Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes at Nomadic Pictures.

*Source: The Nielsen Company (L+SD), HOW Sun 10pm (11/6/11 – 12/18/11). P2+ and A25-54 rtg, (000)

“Hell on Wheels” tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. It examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, “Hell on Wheels” chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.

“Hell on Wheels” stars Anson Mount (City by the Sea, Cook County) as Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier hell bent on avenging his wife’s death; Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek) as Thomas “Doc” Durant, a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times; musician/actor Common (Just Wright, Date Night) as Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice; Dominique McElligott (“The Philanthropist”) as Lily Bell, a newly widowed woman trying to survive in a man’s world; Tom Noonan (“Heat”) as Reverend Cole; Ben Esler (“The Pacific”) as Sean McGinnes and Philip Burke (“Law & Order,” “Mercy”) as Mickey McGinnes, two young brothers looking to find their fortune in the new West; and Eddie Spears (“Into the West”) as Joseph Black Moon, a Native American man torn between his culture and the changing world around him.

Shot on location in Alberta, Canada, the series is produced with assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.

AMC’s Joel Stillerman, SVP of original programming, production and digital content, Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted programming and Jason Fisher, SVP of production oversee development and production for “Hell on Wheels.”

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe(R) Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About eOne
eOne (LSE:ETO) is a leading international company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of entertainment content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

About Endemol USA
Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the hit shows “Wipeout,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Deal or No Deal,” and “Big Brother.” Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands and the UK, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 26 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group. For more information, please visit Endemol is a privately held company.

What do you think? Are you glad that Hell on Wheels has been renewed? Given the big fall in ratings without Walking Dead, do you think it should have been cancelled instead? Are you still interested?


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Maggie Lyons October 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Have loved these last two years with HOW since inception. Could not wait for season 2…it was all good until you wrote in Lily’s demise. WERE YOU GUYS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY???? What ever possessed you to do that after such great writing, scenery, cinematography, surreal photography, GREAT CHARACTERS besides CULLEN. BUT, LILI’S character as portrayed by Dominique McElligott, that was a real FIND! Her strength , intelligence, beauty and perseverance in survival was out of the box. Where did you find such an actress! Undoubtedly, you gentlemen were intimidated by what you wrote. Don’t do this! She was the hook that Cullen needed with what he went through during the Civil War. Get back on track with her return. I have read all the scenarios as suggested by viewers. You can’t loose her! My faith for the show is with the writers in coming out of the box with her return.PLEASE!!!! Love the romance between CULLEN and LILY! PINNING FOR HELL ON WHEELS!! MORE EPISODES ARE NEEDED!! NOT JUST TEN!!


Retha May 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Please do NOT cancel Hell on Wheels. I really enjoy it. It’s so much better than the junk on many other channels.


DEBBIE SMITH October 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

LOVE IT !!!!! 2013 SERIES


debra sloan October 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I just finished watching Season finale of Hell On Wheels — WHY DID THEY HAVE TO KILL LILLY. Now, I am not certain if I will watch again b/c she is gone — looking forward to her moving on with Cullen….very sad that the writers wrote her out — perhaps it can be like Dallas with Bobby & Pam — (LOL) a dream I mean….


Privatebeachguy October 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I agree on losing Lily from the show. Was looking forward to her connecting more with Cullen and developing that relationship… ….Perhaps she wanted out of the series? Does anyone know if there will be a season 3? If yes, when that will be? Seems TV seasons really don’t exsist like they used to. Fewer episodes, weird seasonal schedule…..Great show! Hope it comes back!


Austin September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

We like hell on wheels, also Harry’s law, the firm,


Dennis July 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Very well done


Toots April 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

We loved this series and look forward to seeing more! The casting was superb, the locations amazing, the gritty reality is impossible to resist, and the story is compelling. Bring it!


Anonymous May 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I agree, I am so ready for season two!


Jackie March 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

When will season 2 of Hell on Wheels start?????


admin March 31, 2012 at 3:56 am

Jackie ยป No specific date yet. Sometime in 2012.


Larryt Gaudette March 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Great series:Cang wait for new episodes,when will they begin.


steve beam March 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

This movie was Great, let get it on again. Better then Gus and Captain McCall in Lonesome Dove.


Ginny Driewer February 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

This is one of the best programs I have ever watched. My husband and I can hardly wait for season 2. The actors(everyone of them) are so believable, we hardly know we are watching a movie. The directing is top notch. We have told all our friends and now they are hooked also. Thank you AMC. Keep up these wonderful kinds of programs.


D Dunn February 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Rubicon was a much better show!!


Anonymous February 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Crap show!! boring as hell!!!!


ed smith February 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I really enjoyed Hell on Wheels. When will season 2 start? Can’t wait,


nancy smith February 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

i love this & can’t wait for it, wish episodes were longer


UGA GIRL February 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I totally agree…can’t wait for Season 2 of Hell on Wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jackie March 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Did you ever find out when season 2 of Hell on Wheels started?


Barb January 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm



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